The Best Places to See the Desert in Bloom

by Stephanie Daniels Monday, April 1st 2019
Picacho Peak State Park
Picacho Peak State Park

Happy Spring! If you haven’t already noticed, the wildflowers are out in full force in the Sonoran Desert. Driving around Tucson, you can see Mexican gold poppies, desert marigolds, brittlebush, desertbells, and scorpionweed, all bursting with color.


Picacho Peak State Park
Picacho Peak State Park

There are many accessible parks and open space to view the Sonoran super bloom. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Picacho Peak State Park, 15520 Picacho Peak Road, Picacho, AZ 85141
  • Catalina State Park, 11570 N. Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ 85737
  • Saguaro National Park, East: 3693 Old Spanish Trail, Tucson, AZ 85730, West: 2700 N. Kinney Road, Tucson, AZ 85743
  • Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road, Tucson, AZ 85743
  • Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712

Please follow Leave No Trace principles and refrain from picking wildflowers or going off trail to get a better look. Many flowers have already been smashed and trampled from visitors going off trail. It can take years for vegetation to return, so let’s help keep our wild places beautiful by respecting park rules.

Picacho Peak State Park
Picacho Peak State Park

Picacho Peak State Park
Picacho Peak State Park

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